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Health and Medicine on DisplayInternational Expositions in the United States, 1876-1904$
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Julie K. Brown

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026574

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026574.001.0001

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Occupying a Vast Camp: The 1901 Buffalo Pan-American Exposition

Occupying a Vast Camp: The 1901 Buffalo Pan-American Exposition

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Health and Medicine on Display

Julie K. Brown

The MIT Press

The 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo has been aptly described as a “vast camp”. The event came at a time when the work of Buffalo’s medical professionals and their public health counterparts was already part of “the new scientific ideal” in medicine and integrated with the role of bacteriology in modern health. This chapter examines the relationships between Buffalo’s health authorities and exposition organizers, the medical treatments provided to exposition workers and visitors, the control of infectious disease, and the implementation of sanitation and emergency preparedness. It also considers the evolving exhibit programs in health and sanitation, along with the professionalizing of exhibits by the government medical departments.

Keywords:   1901 Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, health, medicine, infectious disease, sanitation, emergency preparedness, exhibits

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